Improvements Made at Sugarloaf Cove

Improvements Made at Nature Center

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Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is a special place on the North Shore.

In recent years visitation has gone up.

Before it was Sugarloaf Cove the site was used as a log landing spot.

“They would bring logs from inland, put them up all around on this area over here from the left along the shore and they would eventually dump them into the cove,” Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association executive director Holly Thompson said. Round them up and ship them by tug boat across to Ashland, Wisconsin for processing.”

Since then it’s been recreated with native forests and landscaping.

“We get people from all over the world,” said Thompson.

The unique geologic formations, trails and educational activities has made it more of a destination.

The nature center saw a 50% increase in visitation in 2014 alone.

“A lot more people are aware of what’s going on here,” said Thompson. “Our naturalist has been doing a fantastic job with programming and bringing people back.”

Officials tell FOX 21 the growth has caused them to have more needs.

For the first time a capital campaign helped to raise $126,000 to fix some deferred projects.

“Without endangering the property we want to create an opportunity for more people to enjoy the North Shore,” Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association director Greg Koschinska said.

Crews have already started digging up.

The biggest improvement is expanding and adding signage along with educational panels to the parking lot.

“Making it sort of visually friendly for people to park,” said Koschinska. “In the past we’ve sort of had people parking sort of on designated areas and all over the place.”

Other fixes include more bathroom facilities, rehabbing the nature center building and trails.

“It’s already dramatically improved our number of people stopping in this summer,” said Koschinska.

Completion for all the improvements is slated for next spring.

The center was named Sugarloaf because locals thought a bump of rock on the point looked like a lump of sugar.

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